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Old 08-21-2012, 02:17 AM   #1
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Default Major Upset this weekend brewing!

So my fourth batch of homebrew, 2d all grain, may not turn out well. It's a brown ale from a Midwest kit. Everything was going great, and I went to start the water on my wort chiller. Apparently, there was a kink in the hose (I use a garden hose to get the run off from the chiller out of the garage). That kink caused the water pressure to build up, and it blew the hose clamp off the copper chiller. So, plain tap water went all over, I'm guessing about a cup or so landed in the cooling wort. I cut it off as quick as I could, and finished the batch. The yeast seams active in the fermenter, so I am going to let it finish and bottle it. What do you think, am I screwed?
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:33 AM   #2
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Most likely fine. Don't sweat it.

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Old 08-21-2012, 02:46 AM   #3
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I'll say it: "RDWHAHB"

My hose clamps on the cold water inlet to my immersion chiller always take some noodling to get them to stop leaking. Not ideal, but prolly OK. Live and learn.

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Old 08-21-2012, 02:55 AM   #4
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Relax, don't worry, most importantly have a homebrew! You are fine. I did that too!

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Old 08-21-2012, 10:05 AM   #5
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If worst comes to worst, just call it a belgian brown ale.

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Old 08-22-2012, 03:21 AM   #6
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Thanks, guys. I'll try to post when I drink this an let you know if it came out ok.

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:58 AM   #7
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Well, cracked open the first one of these to see how it was coming along. Bad news, it was a gusher. I got about 3-4 swallows of beer out of the whole bottle. Still had what I think was yeast floating in it. I haven't opened anymore, so I don't know if that was one bad bottle, or if the whole lot is ruined. I checked the gravity before bottling, and it was on the high end of the range, but still in range. I didn't check for three days, so who knows, I may have rushed it. Is there any fix to this? THis is my fourth batch, second all grain. Sure sucks learning lessons the hard way!

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:10 AM   #8
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Sounds like you bottled too early. I've never been in that situation, so I'm not positive, but you may have to dump them/drink within the next couple days to avoid bottle bombs. How did what you did drink taste?

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Old 09-14-2012, 03:12 AM   #9
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I would open 2-3 more to narrow it down to either 1.poor mixing of bottling sugar or 2. fermentation was not finished.
If its #2 i would open everyone and let them gush out and recap if possible. You could have a bunch of bottle bombs on your hands! Be careful!!

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Probably rushed it to bottle versus being infected. Chill them down in salted ice water, make sure they are nice and cold, crack the lids, and recap them...About the only thing I can think of....

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